Franken: Range Support Strong

Al Franken lost the endorsement of an influential Democratic Iron Range politician, but today said he is happy with support he’s getting in northeastern Minnesota.

Former state Sen. Doug Johnson, a Tower Democrat, told the Mesabi Daily News he supports Republican Sen. Norm Coleman over Franken.

"Norm Coleman has a passion on issues without getting angry at the opposition," Johnson told the Range newspaper, later adding: "Al Franken appears passionate but angry."

Franken told reporters in a conference call that he has campaigned frequently on the Iron Range and said other state lawmakers from the area support his candidacy.

"I know the difference between being a public figure and being an office-holder," the former comedian said, "and I’ll be able to work very well with friends across the aisle on all kinds of things."